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| Originally posted by RIBEMR26@Sep 10 2004, 08:06 PM |
I ordered an ac final stage unit from bavauto and will attempt to install it next week...if anyone has any other info regarding this and how to install it please let me know...otherwise I guess we can just keep talking about which are better...ZKW's or DEPO's...
|the part is held in with two T20 Torx screws.|
| Originally posted by firstname.lastname@example.org@Sep 18 2004, 04:51 PM |
I also experienced the spastic climate control system in my 1998 323is. I followed the extensive threads on replacing the capacitor on the fan control computer. No luck. This was not the problem.
I assumed I would need to replace the $300 fan control computer outright, so I called the dealer and asked for a quote for the part. The very helpful guy at the parts counter said: "have you replaced the Final Stage? We replace at least 20 of those a week." Hmmm. Sounds good. So I bought one for a little more that $100, and asked him where it was located. He said "behind the glovebox", which was incorrect. ghead (See image 1)
The part is located (see image 2) to the right of the accelerator pedal, under the dash between the blower and firewall. It is easily accessible and the part is held in with two T20 Torx screws. You'll need to take off the lower dash panel, but this is pretty painless.
I swapped out the Final Stage (see image 3) and it worked!
Upon further investigation, the reason the part failed in the first place became readily apparent (see image 4).
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